Mirror Sydney: the book

Published by Giramondo Publishing in 2017, the Mirror Sydney book is a collection of essays and hand-drawn maps, investigating an alternative Sydney, investigating the details and atmospheres of the city and suburbs. For more information and orders, please see the publisher’s website. It is widely available in bookstores in Sydney and beyond, and through online booksellers.


‘Vanessa Berry is an ideal observer because she accords everything she sees the respect of acknowledging the premises it was founded on. Her writing is thoroughly informed as well as affectionate and funny, and often deeply moving.’

‘Conjuring up a shadow city of forgotten fantasies and dreams, Mirror Sydney offers similar pleasures to David Ulin’s walker’s Los Angeles or Iain Sinclair’s dispatches from a rapidly changing London. I found my heart jumping with joy as it brought parts of my lost city back to life.’



‘Iridescent in its imagination, delicate in its details, Vanessa Berry’s Mirror Sydney conjures a place that is not only petit-point and gorgeous aboveground but also stygian and spooky underground.’




Eccentric Guides: Vanessa Berry’s Mirror Sydney Review by Tom Lee.

Mirror Sydney by Vanessa Berry: Proustian view of city a must-read Review by Louis Nowra.

Vanessa Berry’s Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections Review by Gemma Blackwood in Overland.

Mirror Sydney review: Vanessa Berry pictures another side of the city Review by Bradley Garrett in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mirror Sydney, Review by Peter Hobbins on the Dictionary of Sydney.

An Atlas of Reflections, a review in hypertext by Jini Maxwell for The Lifted Brow.

Mirror Sydney by Lisa Hill, on ANZ LitLovers LitBlog.


Next Door: Vanessa Berry by Mark Mordue and Neighbourhood.

Mirror Sydney: Unexpected Journeys into the Known Radio interview with Nic Healey.

Mirror Sydney: Artist Finds Beauty in City’s Overlooked Landmarks by Teresa Tan, ABC Radio National.

Hear a Radio National interview with Vanessa about the Mirror Sydney book on Blueprint for Living: Sydney Through the Looking Glass.

Short video for Abbey’s Books, introducing Mirror Sydney.

Tuesday Book Club on 2SER with Andrew Pople, discussing Mirror Sydney.

Mirror Sydney: Memorial Stores, excerpt published on Assemble Papers.

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